Owning Regains Its Appeal, As Home Rents Head Higher,

by Gary and Lisa Schoeffler on April 4, 2012

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Climbing rents for apartments are combining with a continued decline in home prices to push once-reluctant home buyers into finally taking the plunge, say economists and real-estate agents, helping what appears to be a good start to the housing industry’s all-important spring selling season.

WSJ’s Dawn Wotapka examines an increase in rent costs nationwide and how it has resulted in would-be homebuyers being encouraged to take the plunge. Photo/David Zalubowski, file

Although increased buying activity from investors and second-home purchasers are also factors behind the recent pickup in home sales, real-estate agents say they are fielding more calls from anxious tenants complaining about rising rents.

“The rental market has been incredibly hot,” said Ronald Peltier, chief executive of HomeServices of America Inc., which owns real-estate brokerages in 21 states. He says rising rents, coupled with slumping home prices and interest rates near record lows, are boosting demand for homes at entry-level prices.

Lisa Schoeffler, CRS, ASP
Prudential California Realty
805-766-7373
GaryandLisa.com
A member of HomeServices of America, Inc.
a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate

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